By Elliott Cuff

26th Feb, 2021 | 6:07am

MOT View: Three Villa players Leeds must watch out for if Grealish is out

Leeds United will be hoping to win back-to-back games in the Premier League for the first time since late January against Aston Villa when the two sides face off on Saturday.

Villa meanwhile will hope to get back to winning ways against Marcelo Bielsa’s men, having fallen to defeat against Leicester City last weekend.

The Villans will travel to Elland Road this weekend for the first time in the top flight since Boxing Day 2003, and they are likely to be without star man Jack Grealish, who also missed the Leicester game through injury.

With that in mind, we’ve looked at the three Aston Villa players who could pose Leeds the biggest threat this weekend.

Ollie Watkins

Aston Villa’s frontman, Watkins has taken well to the Premier League this season, having scored 10 times in the league for Dean Smith’s men.

The former Brentford forward uses his pace, power and clinical finishing ability to torment the opposition defence, and he could cause Leeds problems if not kept in check.

The good thing is that Leeds know him well after his stellar season in the Championship.

With Grealish out, if they can keep him quiet then that could be half the battle.

Betrand Traore

Despite getting his Villa career off to a slow start, Betrand Traore has become a crucial player for the Midlands side this season, regularly demonstrating impressive technical prowess.

Boasting pace and skill on the ball, Traore will likely prove to be a difficult player for Stuart Dallas to contend with, and so Leeds will need to account for that.

Ezri Konsa

Konsa has improved as a player tenfold this season, leading Aston Villa out from the back through impressive defensive solidity while also posing a significant goalscoring threat from set pieces.

Leeds have the joint worst record of goals conceded from set-pieces [11] this season, level only with Sheffield United, and with both Konsa and Tyrone Mings representing powerful targets from corners the Leeds backline will have to be alert.

In other Leeds United news, Alan Shearer has named both the ‘superb’ Raphinha and Patrick Bamford in his team of the week.